Section 96

    A revelation given at Kirtland, Ohio, 2 August 1833, through Joseph Smith Jr. to Joseph Smith Jr., Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, and Parley P. Pratt.

  1. The word of the Lord unto Joseph, Sidney, and Frederick, Verily I say unto you my friends, I speak unto you with my Voice, even the Voice of my Spirit that I may show unto you my will concerning your brethren in the land of Zion, many of whom are truly humble and are seeking diligently to learn wisdom and to find truth. Verily, verily I say unto you, blessed are all such for they shall obtain, for I the Lord show mercy unto all the meek, and upon all whomsoever I will, that I may be justified when I shall bring them into judgment.
  2. Behold, I say unto you concerning the school in Zion, I the Lord am well pleased that there should be a school in Zion, and also with my servant Parley, for he abides in me, and inasmuch as he continue to abide in me, he shall continue to preside over the school in the land of Zion, until I shall give unto him other commandments, and I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings in expounding all scriptures and mysteries, to the edification of the school and of the church in Zion. And to the residue of the school, I the Lord am willing to show mercy. Nevertheless, there are those that must needs be chastened, and their works shall be made known. The axe is laid at the root of the trees, and every tree that brings not forth good fruit shall be hewn down and cast into the fire. I the Lord have spoken it.
  3. Verily I say unto you, All among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice, yea every sacrifice which I the Lord shall command, they are all accepted of me, for I the Lord will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree, which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yields much precious fruit.
  4. Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that an house should be built unto me in the land of Zion like unto the pattern which I have given you. Yea, let it be built speedily by the tithing of my people. Behold, this is the tithing and the sacrifice which I the Lord require at their hands that there may be an house built unto me for the salvation of Zion, for a place of thanksgiving for all saints, and for a place of instruction for all those who are called to the work of the ministry, in all their several callings and offices that they may be perfected in the understanding of their ministry, in theory, in principle, and in doctrine, in all things pertaining to the Kingdom of God on the earth, the keys of which Kingdom have been conferred upon you.
  5. And inasmuch as my people build an house unto me in the name of the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it that it be not defiled, my Glory shall rest upon it, yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it. And all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God, but if it be defiled, I will not come into it, and my Glory shall not be there, for I will not come into unholy temples.
  6. And now behold, if Zion do these things she shall prosper and spread herself and become very glorious, very great, and very terrible, and the nations of the Earth shall honor her and shall say, Surely Zion is the City of our God, and surely Zion cannot fall, neither be moved out of her place, for God is there and the Hand of the Lord is there, and he has sworn by the Power of his might to be her salvation and her high tower.
  7. Therefore, verily thus says the Lord: Let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion: the pure in heart, therefore, let Zion rejoice while all the wicked shall mourn, for behold and lo, vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind and who shall escape it? The Lord’s scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people, yet it shall not be stayed until the Lord come, for the indignation of the Lord is kindled against their abominations and all their wicked works. Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatever I have commanded her, but if she observe not to do whatever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works, with sore afflictions, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire. Nevertheless, let it be read this once in their ears, that I the Lord have accepted of their offering. If she sin no more, none of these things shall come upon her, and I will bless her with blessings, and multiply a multiplicity of blessings upon her and upon her generations, for ever and ever, says the Lord your God. Amen.






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